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THIS WEEK: Red Pepper back

THIS WEEK: Red Pepper back

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | After a two month shutdown, Red Pepper, a tabloid newspaper, is back on the stands in Kampala and across the country. Its first edition on Jan 29 after the shutdown read ‘Our Story’ and was bent on explaining its side of the story.

President Museveni pardoned the directors and editors of Red Pepper after a meeting at State House Entebbe where he cautioned them to be more professional in their work. Red Pepper put out a statement after the meeting at State House, “The Directors and Senior Editors pledged to the President and the nation, a more transformed and professional publication going forward.”

On Nov 21, Police shutdown the offices of Red Pepper after it published a headline inciting war between Uganda and its south eastern neighbor, Rwanda. The directors and editors were charged with libel and offensive communication. It is widely expected for the charges to be dropped. African Centre for Media Excellence, a media NGO, said it was “disturbed” by the manner in which the tabloid was re-opened.

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